oife Maher, Rebecca Banet, Derfhinn Bushell, Regina Rawle, Aoife Sheridan and Barbara Frias from Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford at last week's Axa Road Safety Show. Photo: Michelle Ghee.
Axa has sponsored the Road Safety Roadshow for the last number of years and this is the first time the event has been hosted in Co Longford.
Inspector Padraig Jones, Longford Garda Station, spoke to the Leader this week about the importance of the roadshow, particularly in terms of creating awareness around the whole area of safety on the country’s roads.
“The people that take part in this are all from our local area; they have all been affected in one way or another by road traffic collisions,” he said, before pointing to the fact that the professionals involved were also from Co Longford and worked in the county’s local garda stations, fire stations, with the paramedics and in hospitals.
“The main focus of the roadshow here in Longford is to try and frontload young future road users with education around the whole area and create more awareness by listening to professionals who deal with road traffic accidents in their daily lives.
“When these youngsters get their theory test and then finally get their provisional and then full licence and take to the road in their cars, they will hopefully be more aware of the dangers that are out there.
“They need to realise that if something goes wrong on the road, you can’t go back and reset it; what has happened has happened forever.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector said that it is vital that all drivers - whether young or old - remember that once a person gets into a car, they must take responsibility for that vehicle.
“The Gardaí are trying to remind people that they are responsible for their actions; the road doesn’t respect them, they have to respect the road,” he added.
“If these young people walked away from this today knowing that they will take that little bit of extra care when driving on the roads, then a lot will have been achieved.
“We didn’t bring these students here to frighten them, but we did bring them here to give them a really clear and concise picture of what happens when a traffic accident occurs.”
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